11, 2012—The Eau
Claire Express used a four-run first inning and a two-run second to catapult
themselves over the Wisconsin Woodchucks 8-3, ending the ‘Chucks five-game win
Austin Pettibone got the start for the Wisconsin Woodchucks, but he would only last one inning. In the first, the Express got a lead-off double from Tim Zier followed by an RBI single by Casey Gillaspie to make it 1-0. Gillaspie would later score on a groundout by Alex Real to make it 2-0 Eau Claire early. The Express would score two more in the inning on a double by Jimmy Allen and a balk on Pettibone as Pettibone exceeded the 35-pitch limit and was not allowed to pitch the second inning.
The Express would add to their lead in the second off of Ryan Rizzi in his Woodchuck debut. Nick Addison led off against Rizzi and took him out of the park to left, Addison's sixth homer of the year, to put the Express on top 5-0. Tim Zier would later score his second run of the ballgame on a single by Will Fadness to make it 6-0 Express.
The Woodchucks would wait all the way until the third inning to record their first hit off of the Express starter, Matt Trowbridge. Madison Carter tripled to right-center field to lead off the inning and would score when JD Davis flew out to right in the next at bat to make it 6-1 Express.
The Express would score once again in the third inning, aided yet again by the bat of Addison. Addison, the number nine batter in Dale Varsho's batting order, blasted his second home run of the game, a laser shot to left, to make it 7-1 Eau Claire after three innings.
It would stay 7-1 until the bottom of the sixth when the Express added to their lead. With Nick Addison on first and no outs, Tim Zier doubled down the left field line, scoring Addison for the third time in the game, and putting the Express up by a score of 8-1.
The Woodchucks would cut into the Express lead in the top of the eighth with their first back-to-back home runs of the season. JD Davis led off the eighth with his first homer to the deepest part of the park in the left-center field gap. Skyler Ewing followed that up with a shot to the opposite-field gap for his fifth home run of the season to make it an 8-3 Express lead.
That would be all that the Woodchucks would get, though, as they were unable to score in the ninth. The Woodchucks fell to 5-1 in the second half while the Express improved to 3-4. The two teams will wrap up their two-game set Thursday night at Athletic Park. Alex Vetter is scheduled to take the mound for the Woodchucks at 6:35.